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Stockport Harriers’ Awards Night

16th Dec 2017

All Members are invited to Join Stockport Harriers Athletics Club on Saturday January 20th 2018 for our annual Awards Night / Presentation evening to celebrate the successes we have experienced over the past year at our fantastic club.

This year’s awards ceremony will be a true celebration of the past year of activity at Stockport Harriers!! Celebrating the whole club .

Doors Will open from 6.30pm at Edgeley Park, Stockport.

The Awards Ceremony will start at 7pm with the bar and Dance Floor open until late following the ceremony.

A Buffet Meal will be served during an interval on the ceremony from 8pm with final awards to be presented after the meal before the dance floor opens.

Tickets cost £8 per person - Book Online By 15th January


Christmas and New Year Stadium opening times

13th Dec 2017

Woodbank stadium evening closures during holidays.

Please be advised that the Stadium will be closed during the evenings from after Thursday, 21st December and re-open on Tuesday, 2nd January.

Athletes should liaise with their coaches for daytime training sessions over this time period.


Greater Manchester XC Championships

- 4th Dec 2017

The Greater Manchester Cross Country Championships take place on Saturday 6th January at Heaton Park.

The senior women's (age over 20 at 1st Sept 2017) race starts at 1.15pm. Distance approximately 7000m. There is an entry fee of £6.00 per athlete.

If you are interested in taking part please let me know ASAP and I will co-ordinate an entry list.

There will also be junior boys and girls and senior men's races at this event.


New club vest orders

20th Nov 2017
New club vest

Order before December 10th to guarantee your vest in the first batch of vests from New Balance.

The kit volunteers will be able to size you up with a vest this Tuesday & Thursday evening.

We are delighted to announce that we have changed the supplier of club vests and from April 2018 we will be moving forwards with a New Balance vest as pictured above.

The vest which should retail for around £40 will be £21 in all styles (men’s, ladies & crop top).

Please order your vest online here & pass payment through ASAP. Evidence of membership may be requested when vests are distributed when they land in 2018.

There will be a transition period where the current vest can be worn until the new vest is established after which the new vest will be the only style available to purchase & wear when representing the club.


Winter Race Series Amendments

- 7th Nov 2017

Adlington Winter Warmer is taking place in Wednesday, 27th December and not, as stated on the Winter Race Series list, as 30th December. Apparently only 90 places left, so get entered ASAP.

In addition, Hit the Trail is on the 7th and not the 8th January.


Heyes takes the season opener

- 28th Oct 2017
Manchester league under 13’s team winners:  Thomas Manton, Finlay Mayoh, Jack Ca

Manchester league under 13’s team winners: Thomas Manton, Finlay Mayoh, Jack Catterall

Where Jack Morris left off from last season, so a senior Stockport athlete has put their marker down yet again in the highly competitive Manchester and district cross country league and this was in the form of British indoor 3,000 metre champion Andy Heyes who took the event by the scruff of the neck for a fine victory (32:32) in an exhibition of front running.

Heyes is first claim for Hallamshire and competes second claim for Stockport in this league and also has enjoyed bronze and silver medals in the English cross country championships in 2014 and 2015 respectively so has the required pedigree to excel in this most tough of cross country competitions in the Manchester area.

On an unusually firm course at Heaton Park he gave second placed Joe Steward of East Cheshire Harriers no chance to catch him with Steward recording a finish time half a minute behind in 33:09 and with over 400 competitors towing the start line it was one of the largest fields ever assembled within this league competition.

At junior level, Stockport’s under 13 boy’s team competed with distinction and made “easy meat” of all the opposing teams and they did the local club proud with their efforts which will bode well for the second league meeting next month.

The eventual under 13’s race winner was Thomas Manton who treated himself to a twenty second margin in a highly competitive event and he was well supported by the fifth finish of club mate Jack Caterall and just one place behind and six seconds later, Finley Mayoh closed the Stockport account to give the trio an easy team victory against the other fifteen competing club teams.

The girls under 15’s did likewise and took the team victory with 13 points to second placed Sale Harriers Manchester who posted a score of 18 but in the individual results Sale’s Lara Crawford had it all her own way and was a runaway winner in 19 minutes and 59 seconds to second placed Stockport competitor Alice Davies who stopped the clock in a creditable 21 minutes and 8 seconds.

Close further packing by her team mates consisting of Amy West (3rd – 21:10) and Ellie Parkman (8th – 22:00) made sure of the team victory for Stockport but the size of the victory was only five points so there will be all to play for at the next match which takes place at Boggart hole clough on Saturday, 11th November and as it’s name may suggest, this will be the course with the most mud during this five match cross country league season.

Cross country events continued for the younger end of the age spectrum at the second of the Harriers’ sponsored primary schools cross country leagues at a sunny and for once, firm footing course around the top of Woodbank park and Pownall green school continued to be headed up by year 5/6 competitor Freya Murdoch who took a commanding lead of over 100 metres.

Murdoch who is at home on cross country as she is on trail events made sure of her second win with the other medal positions resulting in the same athletes as the first event being a well earned second place for Sophie Ellwood (Fairway school) and Saffron Meade (Great Moor junior school) taking the bronze medal position.

Not so for the boys years 5/6 with a swap about for the individual honours with Will Bailey (Buxworth school) taking his event ahead of Josh Garrone of Vernon park in second place, so it’s neck and neck and all set for an intriguing third outing taking place on November 25th with individual honours even at the moment.

At the younger age group in years 3 and 4, Imogen Hill made it a second win out of two events representing High lane school whilst Eloise Nickson of Lady barn took the silver medal and for the boys’ equivalent event, Isaac Reed (Rose Hill) saw off the opposition by a good 100 metres to take the winner’s honours for a second time but for 2nd and 3rd positions it was as close as you could call between Sam Oldroyd (2nd - Lady brook) and Bobby Tomlinson of Lacy green who had to settle for the bronze medal which was surely the sprint of the day.


Boxing Day 5km run

27th Sep 2017
Star & Garter

The annual Boxing Day 5km Fun run is back in 2017. The Star and Garter did an excellent job in hosting us in 2016 and have kindly offered to do so again.

I know that this run is on some of the local running clubs' event lists, so it should be an enjoyable event.

Why not use it to run off those excess Christmas calories? As usual, we will be donating any profits to Beechwood Cancer care.

There will be trophies presented to the female and male winners as usual and some age group prizes also.

Race takes place Tuesday 26th December 2017 at 10.00am from the Star & Garter, 61 Higher Hillgate, Stockport SK1 3HD.

Entry is free, but we ask for a donation for our charity Beechwood Cancer Care (£6.00 for club runners, £8.00 for everyone else). See the entry options and choose the appropriate one.


Saturday open endurance group sessions

15th Sep 2017

Starting Saturday 23rd September

Saturdays 8.45am for 9am start

Meet at the Clubhouse. £1 training fee.

Wear off-road, XC or fell shoes.

Open to All SHAC Athletes from under-13 upwards

Coaches & Athletes from all Groups are encouraged to come along.

Sessions will involve:

  • Warm Up
  • Movement Drills
  • Main Running Session
  • Cool Down & Debrief

Any questions, please email jfrost [dot] stockportharriers [at] gmail [dot] com

About the Sessions:

The session has been set up to create an environment where SHAC Athletes and Coaches can work, learn and develop together, regardless of which Group you coach or train in regularly.

Based on training for the 2017-18 Cross Country season and preparing Athletes for this, the sessions will be led by Senior Club Coach and former England Regional Endurance Mentor Dave Turnbull and National Coach Development Programme Mentees Mike and Pete Nixon but Coaches from all Groups with an interest in Cross Country are encouraged to come along, bring Athletes and get involved.

The sessions will also be supported by Team New Balance Manchester and Coach and former multiple winner of the National Cross, Steve Vernon, with Elite Athletes coming to support occasional sessions. If successful we will also look to deliver a programme of talks on supporting topics such as nutrition, recovery,preparing for competition, etc, with both Club and external speakers invited along.

As a Club we can all benefit from working closer together and we hope to see many Athletes and Coaches in attendance.